Oil on canvas, signed & dated 1900
Walter Hunt was born on 16 November 1860 at 17 Pomona Place, Fulham. He was the son of the artist Charles Hunt (1829-1900). His brothers Edgar Hunt (1876-1955), Reuben Hunt (1858-1938) and Claude Hunt (1863-1949) also became artists. His father, a genre and animal artist, taught him to paint and was a major influence in his style and subject matter. Hunt started exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1881 and also exhibited at the Royal Society of Artists and provincial galleries including the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. He spent most of his life living at Granville Road, Wandsworth where he died in 1941.
Hunt specialised in paintings of farmyard animals and dogs and became known as one of the finest animal painters of his generation. His works were popular in his lifetime and are still highly collectible today.
Examples of his work are held by the Glasgow Museum, Leeds Art Gallery, National Trust, New Walk Museum, Leicester, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, Sunderland Museum, Tate and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
The work is housed in a new, English made gilt frame, which is in excellent condition.